Microsoft Gets Into CD, DVD Copy Protection
Microsoft says it's added CD and DVD copy protection to its roster of
products with a "toolkit" which, "allows content owners such as music labels
and movie studios to set up specific business rules around usage to protect
their intellectual property."
Its Windows Media Data Session Toolkit technology is, "a new component of
Windows Media 9 Series that enables media companies to securely create and
deliver content via a second session in various formats including CDs and
DVDs," it says.
Bottom line, the kit gives Hollywood the means to make content playable only
by designated systems.
"CDs and DVD offerings created using Windows Media Data Session Toolkit
include a protected second session, which includes a version of the 'red
book' audio encoded using Windows Media Audio," says Microsoft. "The
protected second session can be played back when loaded or downloaded onto a
This second session includes packaged Windows Media Digital Rights
Management (DRM) content.
"For example," says Microsoft, "content owners could set up rules to allow a
consumer unlimited playback of content from a CD or DVD on their PC and give
them the ability to transfer content to a portable device.
"Entire second session digital offerings also could be made available for
direct downloading via the Web. In addition, content providers can offer
content or capabilities that are only available in second sessions."
Microsoft adds that companies which have already decided to use this latest
tool to force people to use entertainment industry offerings include MPO,
the world's largest 'independent' CD maker, Universal Music Group, EMI
Recorded Music and SunnComm which it describes as, "a Leader in Digital